In the 1960s, Monsieur Saint Laurent turned the simple, masculine farmer’s smock (“blouse”) into scandalously transparent stunning couture designs. Silks and chiffons enveloped the skin with a mysterious smoky effect giving the Saint Laurent Blouse a sensual and defiant aura, far from its modest and functional origins.

Through the collections, this piece came to represent the allure and freedom of the women who devoted themselves to Yves Saint Laurent. It caused a scandal because it was low-cut, but it was part of Saint Laurent’s aesthetic revolution that mixed power, femininity, eroticism and elegance.

Once the outrage had passed, the Blouse’s success confirmed its status as a timeless and sexy star of the wardrobe, forever part of the fashion house’s legacy.

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